Welltopia, a website that offers Californians a wide range of essential resources to help build healthier lives and communities, will be honored with a 2015 Digital Government Achievement Award by GovTech’s Center for Digital Government on Sept. 25 in New Orleans.
The Welltopia website, launched in February 2015 by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement, was created as a one-stop resource for Californians who are looking for trusted sources of information on issues that affect physical, mental and emotional health.
The idea for the site was the culmination of discussions with Medi-Cal members, many of whom wanted a website where they could get credible and reliable health information in one place.
“Welltopia was designed to make it easier for Californians, no matter what stage of life, to take the first steps to being healthy, in every sense of the word,” said DHCS Director Jennifer Kent. “With nearly 8,000 users and 23,000 page hits in the first six months, we are thrilled with the initial response.”
Kenneth W. Kizer, director of the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement, agrees.
"In only a year, Welltopia has grown from an uncertain idea to an award-winning and trusted source of information for thousands of Californians," Kizer said. "Welltopia is a great example of how partnerships between the University of California and state government agencies can benefit all Californians."
Welltopia contains links to free resources that can help Californians with job training, substance abuse issues, tracking meals and physical activity, relationship communication, stress relief, and an array of other issues that can impact health. The site even has resources to help with housing, food, transportation and utilities.
The website has received positive feedback from Californians who have benefitted from Welltopia’s resources and now the site is getting national attention.
One visitor to the site had this to say:
“[Welltopia] has been incredibly helpful and inspiring to me, and I am trying to make a drastic change in my life and the lives of my two sons to set them up for a long, healthy future. I have been doing tons of research and I found your page, and was so grateful for how helpful it is."
Welltopia is one of six projects to receive a DGA award in the “state government-to-citizen” category. The GovTech’s Center for Digital Government also recognized other agencies for their excellence in the following digital communications categories: government-to-business; government-to-citizen, local government; government-to-citizen, state government; government-to-government; government internal; local government; state government; and federal government.
“These winners are recognized for responsive and mobile-first design, open government, open data, improved transparency and integration with social media,” said Todd Sander, executive director of the Center for Digital Government. “Congratulations to the awardees for their impressive work to make government more accessible and responsive to citizens.”